Bare Bones Health Plans Expected To Survive Health Law

Kaiser Health News staff writers Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, report: "Consumer Reports calls it ‘junk health insurance.’ A California regulator described them as 'skeleton policies.' To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they ‘are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.’ They are bare-bones health plans, and critics say they could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to do away with them" (Hancock and Appleby, 8/25). Read the story and the related sidebar.

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